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by William Gibson

Technology and Modernization Quotes in Neuromancer

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Quote #1

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. (1.1)

From the first line, we can see the importance of machinery in this world. It's so prevalent that it's used metaphorically to describe something as technology-free as the sky.

Quote #2

Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation… A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. (3.94)

That's one doozy of a definition. The term "consensual hallucination" is really more problematic than it seems at first glance. A hallucination expresses the idea of something not real, but if it isn't real, then should more than one person experience it? Maybe there's more going on here than we'd assume at first glance.

Quote #3

[T]he cyberspace matrix was actually a drastic simplification of the human sensorium, at least in terms of presentation, but simstim itself struck [Case] as a gratuitous multiplication of flesh input. (4.2)

We can see the division between the computer world and the human "fleshy" world. It's an important division to note. As any Farmville addict can tell you, sometimes it doesn't feel like there's much of a separation between the two, but keeping them straight would seem to be kind of important when it comes to keeping yourself sane.

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